The Joint Inspection Unit has two internship programmes, which provide qualified graduate students with a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the United Nations system, and acquire experience in one of the following fields: evaluation research and information technology (IT).
1. Research internship programme
Interns undertake duties similar to those expected from a Research Assistant, supporting the work of a team for a specific report, under the supervision of an Evaluation and Inspection Officer, to assist the Inspector(s) in the research work related to on-going projects of the annual work programme. Interns can also be involved in supporting the work to prepare future work programmes and other internal tasks of the Unit.
The intern will be assigned to different tasks depending on the status of implementation of the annual work programme of the unit. Normally, s/he will be assigned to be research assistant for one or two of the JIU's reviews, under the direct the supervision of an Evaluation and Inspection Officer. As part of his/her duties, s/he will contribute to the research (desk review, review of basic documentation) and drafting work to support the review prepared by one or more Inspectors of the Unit. This entails analysis of key issues for the review, including comparative analysis of the work of the 25 participating organizations in this area, preparation of questionnaires and interview guides, analysis of information received, participation in interviews and preparation of minutes, preparation of analytical charts, graphs, tables etc.
The intern may also be tasked with preparing management assessments of select JIU organizations. This entails research of the organization involved, analyzing recent organizational developments in the area of management and administration. S/he could additionally be involved in reviewing the follow-up information provided by participating organizations regarding the status of implementation of JIU reports. This requires an analysis of the responses provided, trend development, statistical analysis and review of supporting secondary information.
If joining the Unit between the period of October – end of January, s/he may also be assigned to be part of the team preparing the Winter Session of the Inspectors and providing support to the preliminary work leading to the definition of their Annual Programme of Work. This process includes task such as: research and validation of proposals, liaison with Participating Organizations and other coordinating and oversight bodies of the System, and support to the work of the coordinator of the Programme of Work. 
2. Information technology internship programme
Depending on the status of implementation of IT projects, the JIU IT strategy and the qualifications of the candidate, interns will be requested to assist as software developers, web designers, in the support and installation of Windows applications, configuration of IT equipment, networking and other relates IT tasks. The work carried out at the JIU will be in compliance with their studies.
The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the internship programme (Research & IT internships):
Background in one of the following fields: evaluation, management, public administration, international law, finance, development economics, international relations, political science as well as other social sciences or other related fields. Candidates with a background in inter-agency coordination, human rights, humanitarian assistance, project and programme fund management, programme and policy analysis, development assistance etc. are also encouraged to apply;
- Fully proficient in web-based research including use of online databases;
- Fluency in English (reading, writing, understanding, speaking); knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset;
- Experienced in the use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, including ability to readily prepare tables and charts and maintain and update databases via excel;
- Prior work experience, while useful, is not a prerequisite;
- Advanced Information Technology (IT) skills (for IT internship candidates only).
- In line with the UN Administrative Instruction on internships (ST/AI/2014/1, 13 January 2014) candidates must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
- Interns are expected to work on a full-time basis (40 hours per week);
- Maximum duration of internship: six months;
- All internships are unpaid - no benefits are provided whatsoever.
A brief cover letter, writing sample (in English) and the JIU Application form should be sent to JIUInternships@unog.ch
Applications are received and reviewed year-round on a rolling basis depending on the needs of the unit. If a candidate is accepted,s/he will be requested to complete other formalities.



"I put my life on hold for five months in the middle of my degree. But every second of stress, anxiety and every little thing I had to work out to get here was worth it. All the months of unpaid work were worth it. I have had an amazing experience here and working on this project was so much better than I ever could have imagined. I was so lucky to get to work on this project; it fit in so well with what I am studying. It has been an incredible opportunity to get to find out so much about archives and records management across the UN Group. But most importantly have been the people that have made it so amazing" Kille Harris, United States of America


" ...The JIU is a unique place where I have a chance to better understand how the United Nations system functions, what are the details and procedures, problems and their solutions, how the UN family is operating to face the challenges worldwide. But the best and most precious element of the internship is a friendly ambiance established in the Unit by the globally recruited staff representing different and so much interesting cultures." Elena Lyan, Uzbekistan
"An internship in this unit allows you to interact with an international team and this exchange of cultures, languages and ways of thinking is what makes the experience even more interesting. The JIU is a good way to get to know the UN system, because when you do research and evaluation projects, this involves  participating organizations." Diana Alvarez Matiz, Colombia
" Working for the JIU in Geneva (...) gives me a good opportunity to discover the UN system and a better insight on worldwide issues, since the Palais des Nations and Geneva host many high level conferences. Last but not least, the lake and mountains environment is one of the most charming place you can think of."  Esteve Giraud, France
"...Working on two different reports “Financing of Humanitarian operations” and “Review of UN-Oceans” I enriched my knowledge and experience in this specific subjects but also my research skills and data analysis." Felicia Matos Dias, Portugal